Philosophy Ph.D. Reading List

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Author Work
Parmenides

On Nature

Plato

Republic, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Symposium, Theaetetus

Aristotle 

Categories, Posterior Analytics I.1-6, 18, 33-4; II.1-2, 8-11, 19, Physics I-III.3, On the Soul, Metaphysics I-IX, XII, Nicomachean Ethics

Epictetus

Discourses I-II

Plotinus

Enneads (selection by A.H. Armstrong, 1953)

Augustine

Confessions, City of God VIII and XIX 

Pseudo-Dionysius

Mystical Theology, The Divine Names 

Anselm

Monologion, Proslogion

Avicenna

The Metaphysics of "The Healing" (trans. M. Marmura) I.1-7, V, VIII.3-7

Averroes

The Incoherence of the Incoherence (trans. S. Van Den Bergh) 4th, 5th and 13th Discussions 

Maimonides

Guide of the Perplexed Introduction to First Part, I.50-II.31, III.8-24 

Bonaventure

The Itinerary of the Mind into God, The Reduction of the Arts to Theology 

Aquinas

Summa Theologiae I.1-13, 75-89, I-II.1-5, 90-97, De ente et essentia 

Duns Scotus

Ordinatio I, dist. 2, qu. 1: I, dist.3, qu. 1; II, dist.3, part 1, qu. 1-6 

William of Ockham

Ordinatio I, dist. 2, qu. 4-8, Questions on the Physics I, qu. 132-36, Quodlibet I, qu. 1 

Descartes

Meditations on First Philosophy, Discourse on Method 

Leibniz

Discourse on Metaphysics, Monadology 

Locke

An Essay concerning Human Understanding Intro.; Bk. 1, ch. 1; Bk. 2, ch. 1-13, 19-27, 31-33, Bk. 3, ch. 1-3; Bk. 4, ch. 1-4, 9-11, 18-19 

Hume

An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion 

Rousseau

First Discourse: Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts 

Kant

Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, Critique of Pure Reason 

Hegel

"Philosophy of Spirit" Part 3 of the Encyclopedia of Philosophic Sciences 

Kierkegaard

Fear and Trembling, Concluding Unscientific Postscript 

Mill

Utilitarianism, On Liberty, The Subjection of Women 

Nietzsche

Genealogy of Morals, Thus Spake Zarathustra 

Bergson

An Introduction to Metaphysics 

Husserl

Ideas I, sec. 2: "The Fundamental Phenomenological Outlook," "Philosophy and the Crisis of European Humanity" (Vienna Lecture, in the appendix to Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology

Wittgenstein

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Philosophical Investigations 

Heidegger

Being and Time, "What is Metaphysics?" "The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking" 

News

Art Alumna's Vintage Dress Design to Debut on Red Carpet

Dallas-area native and Door Number 9 designer Elisa Choffel Low, BA '03, will have her latest dress design showcased on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 22. The silver open-back vintage-style gown includes a striking chainmail jewelry inset created in collaboration with Toronto jewelry designer Kyra Matsui.

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University Welcomes Leading Catholic Intellectual to Campus

On Friday, Sept. 13, the university community welcomed George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the father of two UD alumnae. Celebrated for his two-volume biography of St. John Paul II and many other intellectual contributions, Weigel presented an exploration of the current Catholic situation in light of a new interpretation of the past 250 years of the church's interaction with social, cultural, economic and political modernity.

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Recent DBA Alumnus Begins Tenure-Track Position at UNI

Gabe Dickey, DBA '19, recently successfully defended his dissertation, titled "Exploring the Human Side of Audit Quality: Team Engagement and Partner Leadership Behaviors," for UD's Doctor of Business Administration. Dickey has spent his career in the accounting profession, the vast majority as a certified public accountant working in auditing. He began UD's DBA program three years ago, drawn in by his interest in broader business issues and the program's practitioner-oriented focus.

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